One of the big question marks left about the transition from analog entertainment mediums to the Internet is that most Hollywood guilds have deals based on TV, DVD and other established media. There is a large dark cloud looming on the horizon when it comes to how actors, writers, editors, and a host of other crew will be compensated for internet-only content.
The problems of who gets paid and when will only heat up as Internet, TV, and mobile phone content merge. Eric Kmetz, freelance writer and director, believes the Internet will develop its own standards in the next six months as problems escalate. Many in the industry are trying to cover themselves because they don’t know what direction the digital content will take, Mr. Kmetz said.
And if that’s not enough, Hollywood execs are also thinking about what happens when the webisodes become easy to pirate, a scenario reminiscent of the early days when recording labels first sold music on the web, said Phillip Swann, president of TV Predictions.com, of Dunkirk, Maryland.
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